See also "Noteworthy Nomenclature Notoriety" (read again)
1015 Newport (Isle of Wight) bus station, service 1
1038 Red Funnel terminal West Cowes
1045 Red Jet fast ferry
1110 Terminal 2 Town Quay
1115 Free City Link bus
1122 Southampton Central Station
1128 SouthWest Trains
1249 London Waterloo
But how practicable is such a trip? Seven minutes at West Cowes to buy your ticket; risky, so catch a bus 10 minutes earlier; doubly risky at peak times, the ferry doesn't take standing passengers. The crossing and thus the connection with the free bus is generally very reliable with no traffic jams on the Solent Crossing. But the advertised crossing time of 25 minutes, a bit like plane flight times, can be extended if parking the boat is tricky or alighting passengers are a bit on the slow side.
Six minutes at Southampton Central station to tramp across the footbridge and catch the fast train. Easy-peasy if you have already bought a through ticket but not so do-able if you are less than certain and unwilling to buy your ticket at West Cowes, preferring to deal with a proper "railway" man.
So leave half an hour earlier to be certain and your journey now totals 3 hours and 14 minutes - far less attractive.
"Wouldn't it be luvverly" if you could book a through ticket from Newport? But you can't. Once upon a time you could buy rail tickets at Newport bus station, but no longer. And even if you could, there would be two "add-ons" to your rail ticket, namely ferry and bus, and "the system" does not allow that.
So you have a choice. Take a risk; suffer stress and anguish and HOPE you make it in 2.5 hours approx or dawdle for 45 minutes longer and be bored out of your mind on an unnecessarily tedious trip. Or, maybe, battle with the interweb and book rail plus ferry in advance and thus enjoy the privilege of ploughing through the railways' neat, tidy and easily understood fares system for an hour or so.
Also of note. (?) The bus fare is a "rip-off" £3.50 single for a 19 minute journey; hardly an encouragement to leave the car at home.
We don't make it easy, do we?
next blog : due on Friday April 29th